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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mystery History

Where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to guess correctly will win lunch with me -- I'll buy yours and you'll buy mine.

Remember, leave your brief guess as a comment on this blog post but don't try to give the entire back story (that's my job).

I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Aug. 16 to 22

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 16, to Friday, Aug 22.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 

TCU, winner of the 2011 Rose Bowl Game, will produce a national breast cancer music video in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation featuring Josh Grobin's "Brave" Saturday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rose Bowl Stadium and you can be part of it! Find more information and register right this minute here.


The Dive-In Movie Fest at the Robinson Park pool comes to a close Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. with "Little Giants" (1994, PG) starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill. Young misfits form their own opposing football team to an elite peewee team.


Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca will perform afro latin music Saturday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. 


The Summer Jazz Series in the Playhouse District continues with Little Road Sunday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.  

Guitarist Richard Smith will perform tango music Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Provide your input on priorities for future bikeways in Pasadena during a community meeting Monday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center.


The Perfect Gentlemen will combine harmonies with humor Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Gold Shell at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the BBQ snack bar.

"Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian" (2009, PG) starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution to rescue Octavius and Jedediah, who have been shipped there by mistake.


Birdie's Playhouse will perform for children (and everyone) Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.


See Folded: The Origami Art of Robert J. Lang, one of the leading masters of the art, through Aug. 20 at Art Center College of Design's Williamson Gallery


Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge include the following (and more!):
Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 21, see the current exhibitions "June Wayne: Paintings, Prints and Tapestries" and "Time, Space & Matter: Five Installations Exploring Natural Phenomena" as well as everything else the museum has to offer. 

Representatives from utilities, advocacy groups and the private sector will discuss the drought’s impact on cities in this region and the future of water in Southern California during a special forum Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum. Larry Mantle, host of Airtalk on KPCC Radio, will moderate.


Omega String Quartet will perform soul music Thursday, Aug, 21, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution will perform soul and gospel Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Photo credits: IMDB, Sweet Station, Robert J. Lang Origami, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Hearken Creative, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Framingham Public Schools, Pilates in Brighton, Musical Musings of a Tiny Rager, Birdie's Playhouse, Hotflick,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Aug. 9 to 15


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 9, to Friday, Aug 15.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 

Folk singer Ross Altman will present "Countdown: The Cold War Hit Parade" with songs by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and others as well as related stories Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library

Mariachi Divas will perform traditional Latin music Saturday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
Join the art collaborative Fallen Fruit in the courtyard at One Colorado Sunday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for communal jam-making. Bring homegrown or self-picked public fruit and clean, empty glass jars. 

The Summer Jazz Series in the Playhouse District continues with North Side Jazz Collective Sunday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.  


Hot Club of Detroit will perform jazz Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park, A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.


Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge include the following (and much more!):

Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys will perform the swingingest tunes ever to come out of the old west Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the BBQ snack bar. 


"The Sandlot" (1993, PG) starring Denis Leary and James Earl Jones will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A new boy in the neighborhood joins up with the regular baseball buddies and all is well until he hits a ball signed by Babe Ruth into the Beast's back yard.


Planning a trip to England? With plenty of trains and dozens of operating companies but no national train system, figuring out how to get around can be daunting. Learn the ins and outs Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Distant Lands.



"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (2014, PG) with the voice talents of Ty Burrell and Max Charles will be shown Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7:45 p.m. in the park at Villa-Parke. An advanced canine and his adopted son travel through time as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. 


You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel there in the Scott Pavilion Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide they want to get married too. Subtitles will be included for anyone with hearing impairments.


Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band will perform interactive, bilingual music for children (and everyone) Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Dwight Trible Ensemble will perform eclectic music Thursday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Dr. Ashwin Vasavada of JPL's Mars Science Laboratory will present "Curiosity's Second Year: The Epic and Occasionally Bogus Journey to the Foothills of Mt. Sharp" Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (Building UU on this map) at Pasadena City College.


The Dive-In Movie Fest at the Villa-Parke Community Center pool continues with "Free Birds" (2013, PG) with the voice talents of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson Friday, Aug 15, at 8 p.m. Two turkeys team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. 

Blame Sally will perform Americana music Friday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
 

Photo credits: North Side Jazz Collective, Culinate, IMDB, Dallas Movie Screenings, Petrea Burchard, Slant, L.A. County Arts Commission, M Live, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Steve Reid Foundation, Tom McKean, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Framingham School District, BritRail, Pasadena Public Library, Fox Sports